Dorific! This sequel to Finding Nemo is spectacular! The entire cast has returned to help find Dory that adorable forgetful fish voiced by Ellen DeGeneres. This time Dory is remembering who she is and it is quite something to see. The way Dory finds her way is really neat to see. Now that she is remembering bits and pieces from her childhood she suddenly starts to remember her parents Jenny and Charlie voiced by Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy. So she sets off on an adventure to find them with Marlin voiced by Albert Brooks and Nemo voiced by Hayden Rolence. The film opens with Dory as a child with her family. It shows how she was a happy forgetful child and how she became separated from her family.
She’s been lost literally her whole life! She overcame so much and she did it on her own just remembering things her parents taught her as a child. Dory was an adorable child too. She was the cutest little fish. She makes you just want to hug her. On her journey we meet some new friends. Hank voiced by Ed O’Neil is an octopus trying to go to Cleveland to a zoo. Hank helps Dory search for her parents. Then there is her friend whale friends Destiny and Billy voiced by Kaitlin Olson and Ty Burrell who also join in the search for Dory’s family. This film is a pure delight with lovable characters that will touch your heart. The message of the film is powerful, which is; no matter what your adversity you can still do amazing things. That means a lot to anyone struggling with a disability or just struggling with any obstacles in life. Just ask yourself what would Dory do? This film gets out of 5 popcorn bags.
This long awaited film is confusing at best as timeline films often can be. It seems in this version the X-MEN are all kids with the exception of Wolverine played by Hugh Jackman, who actually just makes an appearance, Professor X played by James McEvoy, Magneto played by Michael Fassbinder and Mystique played by Jennifer Lawrence. The film takes place in the 80’s and all of the X-MEN are still trying to get a grasp on their powers. Scott Summers played by Tye Sheridan and Jean Grey played by Sophie Turner are very young and still trying to discover and understand their powers when chaos ensues and the Professor is taken hostage by Apocalypse who wants to destroy the world to make a better one. His intentions are admirable, but he goes about the wrong way of doing things. He preys on the vulnerability of some mutants to make them join him. The special effects are amazing! The scene where all of the nuclear war heads and weapons get blasted into space is a thing of beauty! If only somethig like that would really happen. Just think a world with no war or weapons of mass destruction. That would be sheer bliss! This is what Apocalypse wants, a world with no weapons. That scene is very powerful! The message of the film is very powerful, which is that we all must get along into survive. We all must share this world and we had better find a way to share it peacefully. This too is what Professor X wants as well. The only difference is Apocalypse wants mutants to rule the Earth. His motto is only the strong survive and since humans aren’t as strong as mutants they must surrender to them, so naturally Apolcalypse and his crew must be stopped.
The film holds your attention, but with the confusing timelines at times it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but it is still very entertaining. It gets 4 out of 5 popcorn bags.
This film definitely falls short of expectations. Directed by James Bobbin this film definitely doesn’t have the charm of the first film. Something is definitely missing. That something is Tim Burton who directed the first film that started it all. Burton has a way of telling a story and bringing it o life. and Bobbin not so much. The cast is back reprising their roles as the Wonderland characters we’ve grown to know and love. In this sequel Alice played by Mia Wasikowska must return to Wonderland to save Hatter played by Johnny Depp who does a fabulous job no matter what character he plays. In There are some new faces like Father Time played by Sasha Baron Cohen and Hatter’s family. The special effects are well done as can be expected in a Wonderland film. The scene where Alice is dashing through time is quite thrilling and looks very believable. One thing the film does do is explain how and why things are the way they are. All is not always what it seems in Wonderland. One single lie spun by someone you never would’ve suspected wreaked havoc in Wonderland. That one lie is reason things are the way they are. The message of the film is that we should’t take time for granted. A;so that we can’t change the past, but we must learn from it because everything happens for a reason. Lies can destroy. As far as Alice she has grown up to be a sailor like her father was, in fact she is a captain of her father’s ship. This film makes about as much sense as Wonderland film can. The characters are delightful and the colors vibrant and bright. But even all of that couldn’t save this film. It’s definitely not as good as its predecessor. It gets 3 out of 5 popcorn bags.
Angryrific! This film is such a delight and it’s enjoyable for parents as well as kids. Jason Sudakis nails it as Red the angry bird who thought he was content being left alone. He finds that it is important and much more enjoyable to have friends. Even friends as annoying as Chuck voiced by Josh Gad and Bomb voiced by Danny McBride. These three make an awesome team.
Peter Dinklage is hilarious as the voice of the Mighty Eagle. All of cast do a great job bringing their characters to life. The plot of the film is that the pigs have moved in and they steal the bird’s eggs and Red, Chuck and Bomb hatch a plan to stop the pigs and rescue the eggs. Seeing this film definitely explains a lot about the game the film is based on. There are so many lovable characters in the film and the baby birds are just adorable. There are some surprises in the film like birds that blow up or shoot bombs. The animation is very well done. The film holds your attention from the opening scene to the ending scene where the birds are dancing at the end. It was interesting watching the birds come up with a plan to fly over to the pigs and get the eggs back. It’s very strange but none of the birds could fly with the exception of Mighty Eagle, which is why he was revered as a great hero in the bird community. These birds are proof that when we all work together to achieve a common goal anything is possible. This film will definitely become a classic loved by all. It appeals to people of all ages. It gets 5 out of 5 popcorn bags.
Nice film! Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling play Jack Healy and Holland March two questionable characters turned into nice guys. In the opening of the film the two work alone but a case brings the two of them together and they decide to team up to solve it. This turns into the beginning of a beautiful friendship. The film takes place in the 70’s and plunges them into the world of porn, but not as you may think. It is interesting to see these dramatic actors doing comedy and doing it well. The nice guys are on the case to find Amelia played by Margaret Qualley a missing girl being hunted by her own corrupt mother played by Kim Basinger. It is good to see Kim back acting on the big screen and she looks fabulous! Matt Bomer does a really good job in playing John Boy an assassin sent to kill Amelia. There is a lot of action in the film. The opening scene is a car crashing into a house. The stunts and fight scenes are well done and very believable. The scene where Ryan Gosling falls off a balcony and rolls down a hill looked quite painful. His character Holland March seems to fall a lot., but he always seems to get the job done whether he be drunk or sober. He is also a single dad to Holly played by Angourie Rice, who does an excellent job holding her own against a cast of seasoned actors. The plot makes sense and the film definitely does hold ones attention. There is also a powerful message in the film as well which can be seen in the scene where Jack and Holland are looking for Amelia and they go to a die-in where people are laying on the steps pretending to be dead because of the pollution in the air. This film is funny with action and thrills. It gets 4 out of 5 popcorn bags.
Chris Evans is back as Captain America! This third installment of the marvel hero is destined to become a classic and stand alongside its predecessors. Scarlet Johansen reprises her role as Black Widow, Robert Downey Jr. is back as Iron Man and Jeremy Renner is Back as Hawkeye., along with Scarlet Witch played by Elizabeth Olsen and Vision played by Paul Bettany. There are also some new faces to the team. Falcon played by Anthony Mackie, Ant Man played by Paul Rudd and Winter Soldier played by Sebastian Stan.
The biggest surprise of all is the introduction of Black Panther played by Chadwick Boseman, who incidentally did a fabulous job.
Everyone does a fabulous job bringing their characters to life. The stunts are amazing and the fight sequences were spot on! It never gets old watching super heroes fight for what’s right. It is however very unsettling to see our favorite super heroes as well as friends battle each other. It was however in this case easy to understand both sides, but there were so many things that factor into to the decisions on both sides. In this film Tony Stark is in the wrong however that is merely one opinion. It seems that Bucky Barnes The Winter Soldier would be an asset to the Avengers. Afterall he deserves his chance to atone for the all of the wrong he has done, but one must take into consideration that he was brain washed and had no choice but to do the things he did. But the one thing in the film that just didn’t seem right is the new Spider Man casting of Tom Holland and Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, which makes no sense at all. That particular story line just crushes everything we have known about Spiderman who was too young to play Spider Man. That really does affect the film which is why it’s a definite must see! But because of the new Spider Man It gets 4 out of 5 popcorn bags.
Visually stimulating! This film can proudly take it’s place alongside its predecessors as a new classic. The story of Mowgli played by Neel Sethi who is an amazing actor. He did such a great job amidst an all star cast he truly holds his own. His realization helped the film just come alive. The film also does a good job explaining how Mowgli came to be in the jungle. When he was a baby his father was attacked and killed by Shere Khan the tiger voiced by Idris Elba. Bagheera the panther voiced by Ben Kingsley finds Mowgli and brings him to the wolves to raise as their own.
Lupita Nyongo voices Raksha Mowgli’s wolf mother, who loves him as if she birthed him. So when Shere Khan came around threatening to kill Mowgli she was heart broken because she knew Mowgli wasn’t safe in the jungle any longer. The true adventure begins when Mowgli is being taken to the man village because the animals felt he would be safer there. On his journey he meets Baloo the bear who teaches him about the bear necessities of life. They become best friends. The scene where Mowgli is gathering honey for Baloo is quite delightful and interesting to watch because Mowgli has an ingenious way of doing things and overcoming any obstacle placed in his way. He is proving to himself and the other animals that he does indeed belong in the jungle and not in the man village. On his journey he encounters many characters but none as crazy as King Louie voiced by Christopher Walken. He is king of the apes and he runs the apes like they were in the mafia and he was their godfather. So Christopher Walken was an excellent choice for him. The cinematography of the film is just stunning. It really brings out the beauty of the jungle. This film is a true delight. It gets 5 out of 5 popcorn bags.
Super man! This film was definitely worth the wait. Henry Cavill gives a superb performance as the man of steel Superman. Casting for him was spot on! He is Superman. The story makes sense. This is one film that definitely was worth the wait, however it is sad to see two heroes fighting each other especially when the fight really isn’t necessary and doesn’t have to go as far as it did. Gal Gadot is an excellent choice as Wonder Woman. It will be interesting to see her continue to play Wonder Woman. She definitely has her work cut out for her trying to keep both Superman and Batman in order. The film was wonderful in spite of Ben Affleck as Batman, which was a poor casting choice because he just does not have what it takes to play this character. Even after seeing the film it is still not acceptable for him to play Batman. He just isn’t Batman. This is one film where you really root for Superman to win because Ben Affleck made Batman seem such an unlikable character. It was Jesse Eisenberg as the insane Lex Luthor that really stole the show. He did an excellent job of playing the villain, which is something he doesn’t normally do., but in this case he was so good at being bad. The film of course takes place in Gotham City as well as Metropolis. The special effects in the film are amazing, especially the scenes where Superman is flying. The images and graphics of the sky are beautiful. The scene where Batman is driving the Bat Mobile is thrilling and very fast. The film does succeed in holding ones attention and based on the ending definitely leaves you wanting more. With Ben Affleck as Batman definitely can’t rate the film a perfect rate so it gets 4 out of 5 popcorn bags.
Deadtastic! This film is definitely Stan Lee approved! Ryan Reynolds was born to play Deadpool! This film opens with a bang and the hits just keep on coming. It captures your attention from the opening scene to the last scene. A definite must see for the 12 and over crowd. This latest marvel comic character to be added to the big screen definitely delivers. It has everything from action, explosions, comedy and romance. Ryan Reynolds was the perfect one cast for this role. His witt and sarcasm are what make this character who he is and we wouldn’t have it any other way. This is what make this character the one you could both love and hate at the same time. One can only hope there will be a sequel. Deadpool 2 is definitely or should be on the horizon. Another surprise in the film is the legendary Leslie Uggams as Blind Al a coked out blind lady and Deadpool’s unlikely best friend. The fact that she can play a role so unlikely for her and nail it is a testament to her tremendous talent. Deadpool chooses her as his friend because she is blind and she wouldn’t be afraid of his appearance. This shows the vulnerability of the character.
The special effects are awesome! The explosions are loud and thrilling. The scene on the highway is full of action along with daring stunts and a lot of that Deadpool sarcasm and humor. The flash back sequence really explains the story and how he came to be Deadpool and it is so tragically touching. A definite must see! It gets 4 out of 5 popcorn bags.
Kungfutabulous! This film can proudly take it’s place along side it’s predecessors apart of the Dream Works Classic Films. By the best of this film series. The original cast is back to tell this remarkable and inspiring story. This time Po voiced by Jack Black finds where he comes from and realizes finally what he was destined to be. He meets his biological father voiced by Brian Cranston who introduces him to the panda way of life. The previous films were about Po fitting in and trying to live up to the expectations set for him . In this film he accepts who he is. It is very inspiring because a panda is not your typical hero. He is fat and clumsy, but there is something about him that exudes warrior. He always saves the day, but althrough this he still had doubts about himself being the dragon warrior. This film puts all of those doubts to rest.
The animation is vibrant and very bright making the story beautifully told. As always Angelina Jolie does a great job as the voice of Tigress. The scene where she is in the Panda Village is prieless because she gets seized upon by a baby panda who steals her heart. Dustin Hoffman also returns as the voice of Master Shifu. This film definitely makes you understand why so many love this film series. These films inspire us because they show that anyone can be hero. All of us have it in us to do great things. We just nee to gather the CHi in us all and believe in ourselves.
This film is inspiring and very well told. It gets 4 out of 5 popcorn bags.